Jurgen Klopp has defended his recent spending spree, claiming that the club now has the players that he wants.
Having reached last season’s Champions League final and comfortably finishing inside the top four in the Premier League, Klopp has set about further strengthening his side ahead of a potential title tilt.
The Liverpool boss made Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender back in the January transfer window, before splashing a further £160m+ this summer, including the £67 million signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
His spending spree has drawn criticism from some quarters, however, with some fans choosing to remind Klopp of his comments when Manchester United splashed a World Record £89 million to re-sign Paul Pogba.
“The day this is football, I’m not in a job anymore.
“I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.” – Klopp in 2016
Fast forward two years – and well over £300 million later – Klopp has admitted that he has had a change of opinion.
“We don’t care what the world around us is thinking,” Klopp said told a press conference in the USA.
“Like Manchester United didn’t care what I said.”
The German added: “It is only an opinion in that moment. Did I change my opinion? Yes. That is true. But it is better to change your opinion than never have one.
“We have the players we want.”
Klopp also defended his decision to almost double the previous World Record for a goalkeeper:
“The world has changed completely.
“Better players than we already have are not waiting around the corner. You can’t get the world-class goalkeeper who had a really long contract at Roma on a free transfer.
“It is not for me to say we don’t want to pay big money because, in the end, Liverpool is not successful. That doesn’t work.”